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Syria: UN rights officials deplore government aerial attacks; warn of retaliation by armed groups

12 June 2015 – Condemning the rising number of Government aerial attacks in Syria and the use of indiscriminate weapons, such as barrel bombs, including in civilian populated areas, a group of United Nations officials today warned of retaliatory action by non-State armed groups, which could increase the vulnerability of religious and ethnic minorities perceived to support the Government.


In Germany ahead of G7 summit, Ban rallies support for ‘once-in-a-generation’ UN sustainability agenda

07 June 2015 – The world has before it a unique opportunity to build a better future for all, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today in Bonn, Germany, where he urged broad support for a trio of course-correcting United Nations events in 2015 that aim to lock down agreements on protecting the planet, ensuring sustainable development and unleashing the finances and technology to ensure these vital goals are achieved.


After 65 years, UN agency remains ‘vital stabilizing factor’ for Palestine refugees in Middle East – Ban

02 June 2015 – Marking 65 years since the inception of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called it more than just an agency but a “lifeline,” as he paid tribute to its staff especially those who have lost their lives trying to serve others.


At debate, UN and Security Council renew pledge to counter foreign terrorist fighters

29 May 2015 – The increasing number of foreign terrorist fighters populating the front-lines of the world's conflict zones is cause for deepening concern and requires the international community's bolstered efforts to combat the scourge, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today as the Security Council renewed its resolve in addressing this growing threat to international peace and security.


‘Use your voices to claim your rights,’ Ban urges university graduates in Belgium

28 May 2015 – Addressing the graduating class at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, where he was bestowed an honorary degree today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gave students one final homework assignment: become global citizens with global vision.


Ban tells European Parliament to work together to address challenge of migration

27 May 2015 – In Brussels today, where he was addressing the European Parliament, the United Nations Secretary-General today the important role played by the European Union in boosting the UN agenda, particularly on matters of peace, development and human rights.


Adopting resolution, Security Council condemns violence against journalists, urges end to impunity

27 May 2015 – Deeply concerned by the frequency of acts of violence in many parts of the world against media professionals in armed conflict, the United Nations Security Council today adopted a resolution condemning all violations and abuses committed against journalists and strongly deploring impunity for such acts.


Ban praises Ireland’s ‘compassionate leadership’ on migration and refugees

26 May 2015 – As he wrapped up a visit to Ireland today, the Secretary-General congratulated the country on its “fruitful and strong” relationship with the United Nations over the past 60 years and looked forward to a continued partnership as the world tackled several significant challenges.


Concluding Ireland visit, UN chief tells refugee community world must provide ‘safe avenues of migration’

25 May 2015 – The international community must intensify efforts to provide regular and safe avenues of migration and access to protection, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today as he wrapped up his trip to Ireland with a visit to a community of resettled refugees.


In Ireland, UN’s Ban says strong cooperation key to overcoming global challenges

24 May 2015 – Amid an explosion of world conflicts, humanitarian crises and human rights challenges, the international community is enduring a “time of test” which demands strong global cooperation and bold action, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today affirmed.